Another very successful ACTS conference at Stirling Management Centre. Thanks to all sponsors and well done to ACTS conference sub-committee and The Real David Cameron for superb organisation.
The new Scottish College for Educational Leadership website.
. It’s in its early stages and there’s not a great deal of content there yet.
We can expect to hear a lot more when Ken Muir (GTCS) and Petra Wend (National Implementation Board) deliver keynotes at the ACTS conference on 1st March 2014 at Stirling Management Centre.
The committee of ACTS welcomes the result of negotiations by the SNCT announced yesterday and acknowledges the improvements gained in the financial and other aspects of the package. The committee is particularly pleased to note the protection of Chartered Teachers’ pay scale which acceptance of the package will retain going forward.
Details of the offer are available on the EIS website http://www.eis.org.uk/Pay_and_
ACTS National Conference 2014
1 March 2014, Stirling Management Centre
Introducing the 2014 ACTS National Conference, the theme of which is teacher leadership in the 21st century. This year’s programme includes a very timely selection of speakers – Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education; Petra Wend, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Queen Margaret University and a key player in the implementation of “Teaching Scotland’s Future”; and Chris McIlroy, former CHMIE and central to a range of developments in Scottish education. The afternoon session will be chaired by Graham Donaldson, former CHMIE and author of “Teaching Scotland’s Future”.
Workshops will cover all stages and aspects of education, and there will be lots of opportunities throughout the day for discussion, debate and sharing. An interesting addition to this year’s workshop sessions is ‘TeachMeet’, giving delegates themselves the opportunity to deliver a short 2 – 5 minute presentation on a topic of their choice. For full details, see workshop information.
We are delighted that the Conference is sponsored by Scottish Government, EIS, NASUWT, VOICE, and GTCS, all of whom will be represented on the day. We are extremely grateful for their support.
To register for this exciting event, please complete the booking form, including your workshop choices. Full details of the workshops are provided here. If you have any queries, please e mail us at actsconference2014@gmail.
We look forward to seeing you on 1 March at Stirling Management Centre!
With very best wishes,
Renewal of membership for 2014 is now due and should be paid by 31st January, This will entitle you to one free place at ACTS conference on 1st March 2014.
We look forward to you joining and contributing to our community.
Please arrange to pay your ACTS 2014 membership fee of £25 if you have Chartered Teacher status, or £15 if you are on or between Points 1 and 5 of the Chartered Teacher Pay Spine.
Payment should be made by BACS payment to Association of Chartered Teachers Scotland, Sort Code 80-06-55, Account Number 06033226. Please include your full name in the BACS payment details. Any problems contact [email protected]
ACTS would like to wish you Season’s greetings and a well-earned rest after what has been a busy term for everyone in schools and education. We wish you a Happy New Year and are delighted to announce that funding has been granted by the Scottish Government for our annual conference on Saturday 1st March 2014. The committee is busy planning an exciting, inspiring and useful day of professional development.
Much more information coming soon. Put the date in your diary now!
Photo courtesy of Douglas MacGregor. Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh.
A reflection on the SERA conference 2013 by ACTS committee member Tony Luby.
Well, maybe Doris Day got it wrong and ‘the future is ours to see’ – and, no, it’s not orange! Andrina Inglis (our new Chair) and I are enjoying the delights of the annual conference of the Scottish Educational Research Association at the University of Glasgow – ‘Widening Horizons: Scottish Research in a Global Context.’
The opening day had a particular focus for practitioners and our own Cathy Francis wowed (or should that be bow-wowed!) the participants with her presentation Should You Teach Old Dogs New Tricks?Well, given the new GTCS Standards and, especially, the expectations for Practitioner Enquiry we don’t want to find ourselves barking up the wrong tree! OK, I’ll be a good boy and stop now.
Just before Cathy’s presentation I attended an intriguing double presentation by Alan Britton and Anna Beck of the University of Glasgow. Through different methodologies each lifted the veil, albeit slightly, of the machinations taking place behind closed doors when major policies such as Curriculum for Excellence and Teaching Scotland’s Future are being implemented. Anna’s PhD analysis is still on-going and, along with her colleague who is a clear and authoritative speaker, they would make a great ‘double act’ for our own conference at Stirling, 01 March 2014.
Similarly, I had the privilege of chairing a symposium from 4 Dundee University graduate students and their staff mentor (Sue Mansfield) about The Role of Practice-based Research in Community Education.Frankly, it was nothing short of inspiring. In their different ways each of the students had undertaken rigorous research that highlighted important areas for development within Community Education (or Community Learning & Development). This research had clearly impacted upon their practices and was for the benefit of some of the most vulnerable within our society. They are truly living up to the motto of their course ‘Working Together to Achieve Social Justice.’ They, too, would be a must-see for our conference.
I’m sorry to be missing tonight’s talk at which the after-dinner speaker, Walter Humes, has promised a few indiscretions! Meanwhile, on this second day, Andrina is busy identifying some more ‘nuggets’ for the 2014 Stirling conference. Roll on the 1st of March!
However, among the key attributes for which Chartered Teachers were recognised and rewarded were openness to change, resilience, a commitment to professional development, and a reflective and enquiring disposition. These attributes do not disappear just because it is politically or financially expedient to cease to reward them, and it is these attributes that have sustained the Association during this period of adjustment and have led to still more teachers recently joining ACTS.
Over the last few months, using the Three Horizons planning tools developed by the International Futures organisation, the committee has been actively pursuing a programme of reflection on its values, its strengths and its plans for the future. It is now close to emerging from its chrysalis phase. The new organisation will be more open, be of value to all teachers who are pursuing their professional development at Masters’ level in line with the new Standards and continue to encourage the deep professional discourse which has earned it the respect of educationists and most policy makers alike. The current membership of ACTS will of course be consulted and included in the proposals for change before they become public.
In addition to this metamorphosis, a vibrant and relevant conference in being planned, to equal or exceed the quality of previous events.
Reports of ACTS’ death have therefore been greatly exaggerated. Look out for the butterfly when it emerges!